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Work as an Aspire Ambassador
We are looking for current UNSW students to work with us as Aspire Ambassadors as part of our Students as Partners program to play a key role in delivering our outreach program to high school students.
The Aspire program provides educational enrichment opportunities and aims to encourage young people from low socio-economic backgrounds and rural, regional and remote areas to consider, apply for, and attend university.
If you’re a current UNSW student, this is a great opportunity to be part of a student program that seeks to give back and share the benefits of a university education. It will also enhance your professional and interpersonal skills, and you will receive recognition on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement.
Please click here for the position description.
What is Aspire?
Aspire is UNSW’s flagship outreach program, delivered by Access and Equity (Students). It is founded on the belief that all students can succeed at university. We encourage and enable students from low socio-economic backgrounds and rural, regional and remote areas to access and successfully participate in tertiary education.
Aspire engages more than 7,000 students a year from over 50 secondary schools in both metropolitan Sydney and regional and rural NSW, each of which experience forms of educational disadvantage.
We work with our partners to deliver learning experiences in school, on campus and through an innovative workplace mentoring program.
What do Aspire Ambassadors do?
Aspire Ambassadors are an integral part of the Aspire outreach program as facilitators, mentors, tutors and role models.
Aspire Ambassadors receive training and have a wide range of opportunities to work on-campus, off-campus and in schools with diverse communities. It is a chance to develop valuable skills while making a difference to the lives of young people.
The casual pay rate is currently Level 1, point 1: $33.88 per hour, increasing to $34.21 on 1 July 2020.
Our integrated Students as Partners approach means that Ambassadors are included in every aspect of our program design from marketing and recruitment, selection and training to engagement and retention. We believe your knowledge, expertise and experience as a UNSW student is critical to the success of our program. Ambassadors will also be offered unique personal and professional opportunities which will enhance their graduate capability skills.
- Deliver unique educational enrichment opportunities specifically designed for high school students to build their confidence in their own academic abilities
- Assist at in-school and on-campus workshops and events with our schools across Sydney and regional NSW
- Organise activities, discuss scholarships, subject selection and how to apply for university, answer questions and share personal narratives of their own high journey to university and the ways in which they best learn and study
- Give insights into university life including information on how to adapt to new environments, what a day at uni looks and feels like and how to make the most of university
- Mentor and support young people with workplace visits and career focussed learning
7 reasons to become an Aspire Ambassador
You’ll make a difference in young people's lives by working with students to help open up a world of possibilities and instil a sense of confidence and build preparedness and capability to achieve at university.
Receive recognition on your Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).
Be a role model and leader
Demonstrate the benefits of a university education to high school students who may never have considered it an option for them or may be the first in their family to attend university.
Gain professional skills
You’ll develop communication, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, presentation and organisation skills - all of which future employers truly value and look great on your CV.
Working with high school students and diverse school communities and the University will boost your self-confidence, cultural competence and awareness as you meet others who have different experiences and perspectives from your own.
Build networking skills, meet new people, and make friends.
Aspire Ambassadors also have further opportunities to volunteer for industry workshops and workplace visits that build presentation, communication, and networking skills, relevant to any career.
If you’d like to become an Aspire Ambassador you need to apply by completing this online application form. Applications close Friday, 28 February 2020.
Please click here for the position description.
Who can become an Aspire Ambassador?
We’re looking for a wide variety of students to volunteer and work as Aspire Ambassadors. Undergraduate and postgraduate UNSW students from any faculty or degree program, who have completed one semester of university, are welcome to apply.
We aim to attract university students who attended schools our program targets, with a good understanding of the barriers faced by students who may be the first in their family to attend uni or be from a low-SES background. We also want to attract students who believe in and understand the value of higher education, the social mobility that comes with education, and are passionate to give back to the community.
How much time do I need to commit to become an Aspire Ambassador?
If your application is successful, there’s a 30 minute online induction, followed by an in person training session. After this, you commit to work at times that suit your schedule, usually 3 to 8 hour shifts.
Will I be paid?
Yes. The casual pay rate is currently Level 1, point 1: $33.88 per hour, increasing to $34.21 on 1 July 2020.
How do I apply?
If you’d like to become an Aspire Ambassador you need to apply by completing this online application form. Please ensure to sign in using your University credentials (zID@ad.unsw.edu.au). Applications close 28 February 2020.
If your application is successful you will be invited to participate in a group interview. Successful applicants will then be required to complete a 30 minute online induction and attend an Ambassador training session on campus.
What are the selection criteria?
Click here for full selection criteria.